Date finished: Tuesday 25th April 2017

Format: Paperback

Pages: 366

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.”

This book was yet another culprit of my awful ‘buying books because it has a pretty cover’ habit. Even while I was reading it I kept closing the book and just staring at the gorgeous cover art – I even Instagrammed it twice it’s that beautiful.

Anyway, within the pages of this beautiful looking book was the beginning of a series that currently holds a lot of promise. I found “Ink” to be a little bit slow moving, but I think that, as it is planned as a series, a lot of dominoes have been set up for forthcoming installments.

The world this novel is set in is slightly disturbing in that when someone dies their skin is grafted into a book which – due to the tattoos on their skin – tells the story of their lives and is something treasured by the family members. I found this aspect really creepy; I have no tattoos myself but the idea of having everything inked onto your skin and then to have it preserved forever just creeped me out. Every time Leora’s father’s book was mentioned it sent a little shiver down my spine.

That said the world Alice Broadway has created is incredibly rich and multi-layered, and this book has certainly set a lot of things up for future works. Her characters are flawed and again, many layers which makes them more realistic within the narrative of the story. There are several avenues the author could choose to pursue as she has left many plot points open; it’ll be interesting to see where she takes this series and to see if all our questions get answered by the end.

My rating: 6.5/10 (slightly lower mainly due to the slow pacing)